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Giddings Receives The Arc Baltimore’s Community Connection Award

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Nottingham, MD resident Jaqueline Giddings is a recipient of The Arc Baltimore’s 2023 Community Connection Award for her work as the lead weekend staff at The Arc’s Holiday Manor House for the past 14 years.

The Community Connection Award is presented annually to The Arc Baltimore staff person who fosters opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to develop valuable relationships and integrate into their community in an attempt to significantly improve their quality of life. The award was established in memory of Selma Greenfeld, who was supported by The Arc and known for her warm personality, sense of humor, and many friendships.

“Regardless of any physical limitations the three gentlemen at Holiday Manor experience, Jacki helps them experience adventure and fun,” says Kathleen Durkin, The Arc Baltimore’s Chief Executive Officer. “She is an important part of Team Holiday Manor and an asset to The Arc.”

On a regular basis, Jacki identifies activities and sensory tools that can lift the men’s mood. She is hands-on and always happy to help get favorite things sewn up or repaired. Jacki is also tenacious in learning the new documentation system in ICM.

The Community Connection Award was presented during The Arc Baltimore’s recent Annual Meeting and Awards Reception. The event honors individuals who have gone “above and beyond” in their service to the organization and the people with developmental disabilities who are recipients of its programs and services.

“The Annual Meeting is our opportunity to honor all those who have given so much of themselves to the mission of The Arc Baltimore, from community partners and volunteers to supported individuals, staff members, and other heroes of the organization,” explains Durkin. “It is their hard work that is at the very heart of our vision for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently, work in meaningful jobs, and enjoy friendships and activities in the community.”

As in past years, the 2023 Annual Meeting and Awards Reception featured a number of recognitions, as well as the election of The Arc Baltimore’s new board of directors and officers.

The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities (autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability) to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaningful relationships. The Arc provides employment training and support, day and residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, respite care, public policy advocacy, and information and referrals. For more information, visit www.thearcbaltimore.org or call 410-296-2272.

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